Evening Top 5: Catalonia declares independence; Father and stepson jailed over motorcycle murder; New public transport fares announced

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Spanish Prime Minister dissolves Catalan parliament following independence vote

The Spanish Prime Minister has moved to sack the Catalan Parliament following its vote to declare independence earlier today.

In a speech following an extraordinary meeting of the Spanish Cabinet, Mariano Rajoy said the central government in Madrid will assume the powers of the Catalonian administration until fresh elections can take place.

He said elections will be held in the region on December 21st.

He said the vote will allow Catalonians to “decide their future” and ensure "nobody can act outside the law on their behalf."

Father and stepson jailed over motorcycle club murder in Limerick

A man and his stepson have been sentenced for their roles in the murder of a member of a rival motorcycle club in Limerick two years ago.

Alan McNamara from Mountfune in Murroe, Co Limerick has been handed the mandatory life sentence for shooting Andrew O'Donoghue as part of an apparent turf-war in June 2015. 

His stepson, 28-year-old Robert Cusack, was jailed for four-and-a-half years for disposing of the murder weapon.

The murder took place a day after McNamara - a member of the Caballeros club - was allegedly assaulted outside a pub by three members of the Road Tramps motorcycle club.

Changes to public transport fares announced

Many Bus Éireann services are about to get cheaper - but fares will increase slightly for some Irish Rail and Luas tickets.

Bus Éireann is extending city bus zones in Cork, Limerick and Galway from December - meaning 3 million journeys will get cheaper.

To coincide with the new Luas Cross City route in December, a €1 Dublin city centre fare will be available off peak Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Irish Rail, however, will see some fare hikes, as will mid-range journeys on Dublin Bus and the Luas. Shorter & longer journeys on buses & trams within the capital will not be impacted.

Impeached UCD Students' Union president: 'I never promised to break the law'

The impeached president of UCD Students' Union says she would not "break the law" in relation to abortion information.

Some 69% of the 6,600 turnout voted in favour of removing Katie Ascough from office on Thursday.

The pro-life activist had come under fire for removing information about abortion services from the college's student handbook.

Ms Ascough - who is a prominent pro-life campaigner - pledged during her campaign that she would respect the union's pro-choice mandate over her own personal views on abortion.

Man jailed for eight years over Cork hit-and-run

A 36-year-old motorist has been jailed for eight years for mowing down a young Frenchman in a hit-and-run in Cork city centre.  

Martin Linehan from Lagan Grove in Mayfield was extradited back to Ireland to face the charge - four years after fleeing abroad.

He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of 25-year-old Gabriel Lege on George Quay on October 31st 2013. 

He also pleaded guilty to seven related motoring charges - including failing to stop and driving without insurance.